The Temple Clergy

The Temple boasts a large and dynamic team of clergy. Three pulpit rabbis are complemented by one additional rabbi who oversees specific Temple initiatives in education. Additionally, our renowned cantor directs the musical worship of The Temple, and of course we are blessed by the ongoing involvement of our rabbi emeritus, Alvin Sugarman.

Our clergy team can assist with all of the religious needs of our members. This includes life cycle events as well as Jewish education and pastoral care in times of illness or other need. They are also readily available as a resource of Jewish interpretation and explanation to the broader community.

Rabbi Peter S. Berg: The Temple’s fifth senior rabbi has served since July of 2008. He continues our tradition of progressive leadership, both within the Jewish world and in partnership with the larger community. Email:

Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus: The Temple’s associate rabbi joined the clergy team in 2008, at the same time as our senior rabbi. She is married to Rabbi Micah Lapidus, the director of Judaic and Hebrew Studies at the Davis Academy. Email:

Rabbi David Spinrad: A newly ordained rabbi, Rabbi Spinrad arrives in Atlanta as the recipient of significant recognition. He is married to Gal and has two children, Dahlia and Judah. Email:

Cantor Deborah L. Hartman: Since 1987, our beloved cantor has directed all aspects of musical worship at The Temple, working with our choir as well as b’nei mitzvah students. Email:

Rabbi Steven H. Rau, RJE - Director of Lifelong Learning: Since 2002, he has overseen all aspects of education at The Temple, including the Weinberg Early Learning Center, the Breman Religious School, and our adult education programs. Email:

Rabbi Lydia Medwin - Director of Congregational Engagement and Outreach Email:

Rabbi Alvin Sugarman - (Emeritus) A native of Atlanta and senior rabbi for more than three decades, our rabbi emeritus continues his involvement in Temple life as one of our most esteemed teachers and leaders.



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